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 Feb. 22, 2012

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Thank you!
Last week’s AMCHP Annual Conference was an amazing event: we had our highest number of registrations since 2000! If you did attend, thank you for coming and being part of the meeting. If you did not attend, not to worry -- we’ll do it again in 2013 (save the dates Feb. 9-12)! Plus, all of the general sessions and many of the workshops will be archived online in just a few weeks. [more]


President’s Budget Update
In case you missed it, on Feb. 13, President Obama released his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal for the federal government. This budget includes proposed funding levels for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including $640 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant. This represents a less than 1 percent cut from the congressionally appropriated level of $645 million for Title V for fiscal year 2012. [more]

Prevention and Public Health Fund Slashed
On Friday, Feb. 17, Congress approved legislation to extend the Social Security payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and Medicare physician payment rate provisions. In order to pay for a portion of this package, Congress slashed $5 billion from the $15 billion Prevention and Public Health Fund. Other cuts included: halting a higher Medicaid matching rate for the state of Louisiana in 2014; reducing Medicaid payments to hospitals that treat a disproportionate share of low-income patients; “bad debt” payment cuts to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, and reducing Medicare payments to clinical laboratories.[more]

AMCHP Responds to HHS Essential Health Benefits Bulletin 
AMCHP recently submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Essential Health Benefits Bulletin. The comments were developed by the AMCHP Legislative & Health Care Finance Committee and convey concerns about how some preventive care and services for children and youth with special health care needs will be addressed under the proposed approach. [more]

New AMCHP/Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief Highlights New Opportunities for Integrating and Improving Health Care for Women, Children, and Their Families 
A new issue brief authored by AMCHP Senior Advisor Karen VanLandeghem and former Commonwealth Fund Vice President Dr. Ed Schor explores how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives states new tools and funding to integrate public and private delivery of health care services. Many states are already integrating services for low-income women and children to improve outcomes and reduce costs. [more]


AMCHP Assessment of State Life Course Resources and Tools
As state Title V programs are increasingly integrating the concepts of the Life Course Perspective into MCH work, AMCHP’s Emerging Issues Committee is conducting an assessment of the resources and tools that states have developed to accomplish this. This assessment will help foster the sharing and development of ideas to support the application of life course into Title V programs. AMCHP is developing a life course web page to collect and disseminate resources and tools. [more]

Scholarships Available for University of Arizona Graduate Certificate in MCH Epidemiology
HRSA has full tuition scholarships for up to 15 participants in the Graduate Certificate Program in MCH Epidemiology at the University of Arizona. In addition to obtaining the certificate, credits from the program are transferable to graduate programs in public health. Deadline for 2012 intake is Mar. 1. [more]

Now Accepting Applications for the 2012 Youth Transitions Fellowship
The HSC Foundation and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are now accepting applications for the 2012 Youth Transitions Fellow. This is a paid fellowship position at AAPD beginning April 2012 and continues for 12 months. The Youth Transitions Fellow will gain exposure to youth programs serving people with disabilities and will have the opportunity to facilitate collaboration among internship, fellowship and apprenticeship programs based in the Washington, DC area. [more]

Training Course In Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology 
MCHB/CDC Training Course in MCH Epidemiology is part of an ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. This program is aimed primarily at professionals in state and local health agencies who have significant responsibility for collecting, processing, analyzing and reporting MCH data. This year, the course is geared to individuals with intermediate to advanced skills in using statistical and epidemiologic methods, preferably in MCH or a related field. The training curriculum is designed to build conceptual, technical and analytic skills for using data effectively, and focuses on applications that are relevant to the day-to-day work of participants. The course will be held May 29-Jun. 2 in Denver, Colorado. Lodging, breakfast and luncheon costs of trainees are covered. [more]

MCHB Seeking Comments on the National Strategic Plan for MCH Training 
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Training Branch is developing a 2012-2020 National Plan for MCH Training that will include MCH training grantee specific objectives and strategies applicable to a range of organizations that serve MCH populations. Please explore the comments website to learn more about background information on the context, purpose and process for developing the plan; the National Strategic Plan Work Group recommendations on the Draft Goals and Broad Strategies of the plan; role of public, non-profit private and family partnerships in shaping and implementing this plan; and feedback questions regarding specific input the Training Branch is particularly interested in receiving via your comments. [more]

Click here to see more ways to Get Involved


General Maternal and Child Health

New Tool for Policymakers from CDC and ASTHO
The CDC and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) have released a new companion report to last year's Policy Toolkit for Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention. [more]

New Publication on Federal Funding Opportunities for Respite
Federal Funding and Support Opportunities for Respite: Building Blocks for Lifespan Respite, from the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, provides basic information about each of the federal programs that provide, or could potentially provide, respite funding or support. It is meant to be used by state Lifespan Respite Care Programs and their partners to help identify the funding sources that could be the building blocks for the state’s Lifespan Respite systems; help serve the underserved; help build respite capacity and quality and help recruit/retain respite workers; and identify the individuals who administer these funds for future collaboration and partnerships. [more]

Adolescent Health

New Materials Available from the CDC Preteen and Teen Vaccine Campaign
In January, the CDC Preteen and Teen Vaccine Campaign posted new recommendations, survey results and materials on their website. While adolescent vaccination rates for Tdap, meningococcal vaccine, HPV vaccine and flu vaccine are increasing, there is still much work to be done to achieve Healthy People 2020 goals of 80 percent coverage for each vaccine. Check out the new, up-to-date educational tools and resources to help increase awareness of the adolescent vaccines. [more]

New Social Media Tools from CDC on Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Help parents and teens learn the facts! Take thisinteractive quiz, available in English and Spanish, to test your knowledge about the facts of teen pregnancy. Share the quiz with your friends and coworkers, post it on your website or share it on your social media networks. You can help reduce teen pregnancy by sharing the knowledge. Teens and parents also can help prevent teen pregnancy by being informed and talking with each other about sex, birth control and relationships. [more]

Children’s Health

New Information Available to Promote Child and Adolescent Health across the Life Span 
The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health has released new information on state rankings by 2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) indicators and outcomes; trend data from three years of the NS-CSHCN; access to new 2009/10 NS-CSHCN data on core outcomes; and Title V needs assessment data by state. [more] 

The Career Center is the premiere online job board for individuals seeking employment in Maternal and Child Health programs. Whether you are looking for an entry-level position or are a more seasoned professional looking for new opportunities, AMCHP's Career Center has great openings for great people! Searching our database is free and open to all job-seekers. AMCHP members receive a discount on job postings -- so sign uptoday!


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Planning Grant -- The Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program Grant
Deadline: Mar. 6
This Planning Grant solicitation affords states the opportunity to receive funds awarded to produce the Draft Operational Protocol based on the criteria in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing (MFP) solicitation. [more]

Administration for Children and Families Preferred Communities Program Funding
Deadline: Mar. 12
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites the submission of applications for funding, on a competitive basis, for the Preferred Communities program to support the resettlement of newly arriving refugees in Preferred Communities where they have ample opportunities for early employment and sustained economic independence and, to address special populations who need intensive case management, culturally and linguistically appropriate linkages and coordination with other service providers to improve their access to services. [more]

Administration for Children and Families Funding for Ethnic Community Self Help Program
Deadline: Mar. 13
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites refugee ethnic-community based organizations as well as refugee ethnic organizations that are faith-based to submit competitive grant applications for funding of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program to provide services to newly arrived refugees. The objective of this program is to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations to ensure ongoing support and services to refugees within five years after initial resettlement. The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee communities which have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years (no earlier than 2006). [more]

HRSA Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers (CAIVP) Cooperative Agreement Program Grant Funding
Deadline: Mar. 14
This announcement solicits applications for the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers (CAIVP) Cooperative Agreement Program. This cooperative agreement program has the following four aims: 1) Elevate national, state and community focus on, and commitment to, the protection of infants, children and adolescents from injuries and violence, the leading public health threat facing people ages 1-44 years in the country; 2) Improve the capacity of HRSA-funded health and safety services and systems, and their partners to prevent injuries and violence among infants, children and adolescents, through outreach, technical assistance and training; 3) Catalyze the translation of evidence-based strategies in injury and violence prevention from research to the practice community; and 4) Improve the health and safety status of infants, children and adolescents. [more]

HRSA Funding for Coordinating Grant for Children’s Vision Screening
Deadline: Mar. 16
The purpose of this announcement: Coordinating Grant for Children's Vision Screening is to support the public health role in assuring a continuum of eye care for young children within the healthcare delivery system and in the medical home. The grant is designed to support the development of public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a comprehensive, multi-tiered continuum of vision care and eye health for young children; and is committed to conducting this work through strong partnerships, sound science, and targeted policy initiatives. [more]

Click here to see more funding opportunities.


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